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In a rare move, a judge in Florida is allowing a woman to sue, for a second time, the doctors who allegedly breached her care.
According to the Associated Press of May 30, plaintiff Lisa Strong initially sued doctors for a failure to diagnose kidney stones, which led to a downward spiral in Strong’s health and subsequent septic shock, which resulted in the death of tissue in her hands and feet. She is now a quadruple amputee.
According to the story, Strong alleged that miscommunication between doctors was largely to blame for the failure to properly treat her. Even though Strong had told nurses that she had a history of kidney stones, and was sure that the pain that brought her to the ER was related to kidney stones, she was diagnosed by doctors with acute cholecystitis, a gallbladder condition.
According to the AP, Broward County (Fla.) Circuit Judge Charles M. Greene reversed the jury’s defense verdict and said the verdict was “contrary to the law and the manifest weight of the evidence.”
Such a reversal only occurs in less than one-half of 1% of civil cases, according to the AP story. The story said that, according to the National Center for State Courts, judges set aside jury verdicts in a mere 78 of 18,306 civil trials in 2005.
The doctors at issue were Laurentina Kocik and Jason Strong (not related).